Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.
ahausman has written 192 posts for the persistent palate.

euro scribbles: bits, bites and sips in the north of france…

Just a few recommendations if you are traveling to the Touraine (Chinon, Vouvray), Sancerre area or Burgundy in the near future… Chinon  Sleep:  Air B&B We found a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on the center of the village for nearly 100 euro per night! A tremendous value if traveling with family or if you are looking … Continue reading

euro scribbles: never enough time in the north of france…

This trip so far has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Each days begin at 7 am and end at 1am. Meeting such devoted winemakers…  farmers or better yet artisans, really… is very humbling. It’s easy to imagine their lives are full of ease and whimsical evenings of kicking back an aged bottle they made … Continue reading

euro scribbles: bits, bites, sleeps and sips in london town.

Should you find yourself in London, here are a few tips on where to stay, where to eat and places to drink! *Sleeps The Gore Hotel If what you crave is solitude, this quiet old hotel is up to the task. It has a welcoming staff, dark wooden furniture with luscious red carpets, a reading … Continue reading

euro scribbles: pinch me, I’m dreaming.

(Apologies for the delay… Been back a week and still catching up!) So… 4, 575 miles later, it turns out the Trematon castle is not on the hotel property after all. In fact, it was about 45 minutes away– just next to the train station. We had a feeling, rolling in late that evening… no … Continue reading

euro scribbles: a foggy couple of days in london town…

The sun finally found its way through the dreary clouds that have pressed upon us these past 30 hours in London. A whirlwind of tourist attractions have kept us busy, walking over 8 miles just yesterday alone on nothing but fumes and a couple espressos. As I gratefully sit for the next few hours on … Continue reading

euro scribbles: bits, bites and sips (mainly) from the south of France…

I always love to share a list of the bites, sips and places I laid my head for those traveling (as well as for myself in future visits!). Minervois Sleep Visit Chateau Saint Jacques d’Alba. This phenomenal regional winemaker not only has a couple quaint gites for rental on his property, he also has a … Continue reading

euro scribbles: back in the rhone.

(Yes! There’s more…  I am a slacker, so this and the next are a continuation of my travels last week!)… Making our way from Montpellier to the Rhone was a simple, scenic trip by car. The clouds were hanging low, and the sun was fighting to make its point. Stubby, pensive winter-pruned Grenache vines stood … Continue reading

euro scribbles: millesime bio 2015

In my relatively short career in wine, I have seen the shape and perception of organic wine change quite drastically. First, maybe eight or nine years ago, the assumption was that they were too expensive and generally not all that interesting– at least to everyday consumers walking into my shop. Meanwhile, the industry began to … Continue reading

euro scribbles: winter “work” the south of france.

An otherwise frail, gentle looking woman of about just under feet and perhaps seven decades of time on earth elbows me to hobble into the train before me.  As I stumble to get my balance back, I think, ‘Ah yes, it feels good to be back in France.’ A hazy afternoon of planes, trains and … Continue reading

MW scribbles no 2: and so the marathon begins…

It has been a few days since my return from California for my first course week in the Master of Wine program. In short, it was some of the most illuminating, overwhelming and (the understatement of 2015 is about to come up here) humbling experiences of my academic life. I feel, though, that it needs … Continue reading


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